Friday, May 8, 2009

Dear Freddy's Customer

Dear Fred Meyer's customer,

Hi. My name is Krista. You don't know me. But I feel like I know you.

You were in front of me in the Express Lane yesterday. I ran into the store with Bee, my son. He hadn't had nap and was letting the whole store know with his screaming.

I decided against getting all the things on my list. I just grabbed what I needed.

And practically ran through the store, with a screaming kid, and ended in the Express Lane. This is where we met.

You were ahead of me. You turned and glared at me. I'm assuming it was because of the two year old in my cart. I understand he was yelling.

That is actually why I was in the Express Lane, so I could hurry on out of there.

Well I looked passed the glare, but could not look pass the fact that you were paying you $50+ bill with quarters. They weren't rolled either.

I KNOW times are tough. Trust me, I have been known to scramble in the McD's line for a couple extra quarters.

BUT the Express Lanes are for the people that need to run in the store and run out.

I did notice that you had less than 20 items. (I had time to count.) Thank you for not going over the limit. I really appreciate it.

I had time standing in line, to think of many things I'm grateful for. (I try to count my blessings when I'm getting angry.) It took a total of twenty minutes for you to count all your quarters. TWENTY MINUTES IN THE EXPRESS LANE!!!

(I was trapped, by the way, there was another lady behind me.)

So while I stood in line, trying not to harm my kid, you counted.

Can I make a suggestion, so you don't get shot...roll your quarters, take them to the bank and get bills. People will be less hostile toward you. You may even have people offer to help you out to your car. Instead of you, looking/begging for help.

I'm just trying to keep you safe! (And me out of jail!)


(PS I talk way big. I would never do anything to a little old lady.)


rachel griffith said...

could i make a suggestion, so you don't get shot...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. i died at that part.

Kristina P. said...

Holy crap! Why didn't he just take his quarters to a bank and cash out?

Soxy Deb said...

I'm with Kristina - throw them in the little bank machines and get paper people!

I feel like know matter the situ, I'm always in the wrong line...

amelia bedelia said...

Pet peeve...people who go to the express checkout with over 20 items!! I think I would have blown up if I were you. You're patient. Who does that? Paying for your groceries with quarters. Obviously the loser in front of you.

Deanna said...

i hear you sister!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I hate it when that happens and I so feel your pain.

Congrats on the restraint.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I totally would have been loudly sighing (but not much else). I can't bear that!

Anonymous said...

Very very funny! Don't you hate it when that happens. I remember when Steve and I were first married and having hard times we went to the bank and rolled our quarters, dimes and nickels and pennies. We had over 100 dollars I think. People were looking at us funny because we rolled the everything right there in the bank. So funny! Sorry you had to wait so long in the EXPRESS LANE!!!! That is so not even fair!

Rachel H. said...


yOU GO GIRL for sticking through and not screaming.:) I might have.

Jenni Jiggety said...

She should have let you cut in front!

Monster Mary said...

Great post. Man that stinks. You are so considerate to rush through with a screaming child only to wait for the quarter lady. I admit I let my kids pay for their stuff with their coins they get for doing chores but we usually count the amount out and put it in a baggie with the amount written on it and then we take out the exact at the register. She/he will still count but it goes pretty quickly and at most is $10 not $50. Man wouldn't that be nice if I got paid $50 for some chores. yeah real nice. :)

Aunt Spicy said...

...classic! so glad that you are patient enough to keep yourself out of jail!

val of the south said...

I too suffer from wrong linedness. No matter which line I pick - the other one is always the better choice. You were much kinder than I fear I would have been!

I hope you're having a fabulous mother's day!